FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington D.C.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 2

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    Room two represent FDR's second term 1937-41. We were still struggling with the depression, although FDR put into place United States Housing Authority (1937), a second Agricultural Adjustment Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, which helped establish minimum wage and help create 3.3 million WPA jobs by 1938.

    The inscribtion across the top of the wall reads:
    "SEE ONE-THIRD OF OUR NATION – ILL CLAD – ILL HOUSED – ILL NOURISHED~ FDR"

    This sculpture illustrates how much our nation was burden during the tough times during the depression. Farmers and sharecroppers alike loosing their lively hood to the dust bowl and losing their jobs to the crash of the stockmarkets. Fathers, sons, and brothers standing in the soup lines to find a something to eat since what little food was left for their families.

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
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    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Room 2 Part 2

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was our 32nd President of the United States of America that served three terms from 1933 - 1945. He believed and wanted us Americans to have, cherish, and live the four freedoms. " Freedom of Speech", "Freedom of Worship", Freedom from Want", and Freedom from Fear".

    This quote reads:
    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. ~President FDR"

    The main part of the memorial remains open 24 hours a day. The Interpretive Ranger staff, are on site from 8am to 11:45pm daily except Christmas Day. The Bookstore opens from 8 am to 5 pm. All restroom facilities close at 11:30 pm.
    Open All Year
    Closures
    December 25th.

    Restrooms available at Memorial entrance and exit.

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    by travelfrosch Updated Jan 6, 2009

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    On the far end of the Tidal Basin between the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial is an expansive tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the longest serving President of the United States in history. He served from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945. He served during some of the most tumultuous times in U.S. History, including the Great Depression and the Second World War.

    The memorial itself consists of a number of structures, statues, and waterfalls.

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    FDR Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 18, 2008

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    The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial pays tribute to our 32nd President. FDR was most famous for leading the World through World War II, but he also brought America through the great depression with innovative, liberal ideas such as the New Deal and the Civilian Conservation Corps. FDR was a fifth cousin to environmentalist, war hero, and prior President Theodore Roosevelt.

    The FDR Memorial was recently completed in 1997 and is somewhat off-the-beaten-path in regards to other memorials in Washington DC. It covers a very large area along the edge of the Tidal Basin south of the Mall and the sections of the monument are dedicated to the key quotes and events of each of his four terms as President. With tranquil pools, roaring fountains and falls, and many benches and green trees you could easily spend one hour here.

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    A walk through a theme based Memorial

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Sep 11, 2008

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    This Memorial provided a respite to us from touristy Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials that we went to earlier.

    We walked through this 7.5 acres site taking our time at each of its four outdoor gallery rooms that depict 12 years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency.

    There are 10 bronze sculptures portraying President Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and events from the Great Depression and World War II. The galleries are landscaped in a park like setting with waterfalls and quiet pools, amidst a wall of reddish Dakota granite on which Roosevelt's inspiring words are carved.

    We found out that this is the 1st memorial in Washington purposely designed to be totally wheelchair accessible.

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    FDR Memorial

    by apbeaches Written Jul 15, 2008

    Dedicated on May 2, 1997, the monument, spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of the history of the United States through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict the 32nd president alongside his dog Fala. Other sculptures depict scenes from the Great Depression, such as listening to a fireside chat on the radio and waiting in a bread line. A bronze statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt standing before the United Nations emblem honors her dedication to the UN.

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    Remembering a Great President

    by dln6874 Written Nov 15, 2007

    Last weekend I took a visitor into DC and did the typical tourist circuit. Among all the memorials, the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial is one of my favorites. Not only are the fountains very nice, the memorial is dotted with many profound quotes from FDR. Here are some that I like:

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

    "We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."

    "More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars."

    It's a bit sad when I think of the leadership we have in our country now. I hope it doesn't take the collapse our country for real leaders to emerge again.

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    by Greggor58 Written Oct 21, 2007

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President in November 1932, the only President to serve more than two terms[he served four terms]...he was President until his death in April of 1945.

    He was the 32nd President of the United States and was the leader of the USA through its recovery from the Great Depression and the Second World War.

    The Memorial is a series of wide walkways that lead to waterfalls and quotations inscribed in stone and some statues ...

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    Surprises around every corner.

    by geismom Updated May 31, 2007
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    The FDR monument is located along the Tidal Basin, and it is nestled among a cluster of cherry trees.
    This is the largest monument in Washington DC, reflecting 4 terms of Presidency for Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    Each "term" is represented by a different section in the monument. Famous quotes are engraved upon the walls. Life size figures entertain children, who enjoy getting photographed with statues. Each of the waterfalls are breathtakingly beautiful.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

    by chewy3326 Written Jan 2, 2007

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    The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is quite different from the othe memorials, but in a good way. There's no towering obelisk, classical columns, or marble domes. The memorial is simply four connected rooms, each of which described a term in Roosevelt's presidency. Franklin D. Roosevelt was president from 1932-1945 and was the longest serving president in United States History. Early in his life, he was stricken with polio and confined to a wheelchair; he later became the governor of New York State, and in 1932, defeated Herbert Hoover because of Hoover's substandard handling of the Great Depression. In his inaugural speech, Roosevelt pledged himself and the nation to a New Deal, and developed what were some of the greatest ideas of his time. He served a third and fourth term, during which the United States entered WWII. However, in 1945, he died in office before the war had concluded. Each room of the memorial has a waterfall, as well as a few quotes my Roosevelt, including "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." There are also plenty of small statues and with Roosevelt and his dog Fala, Eleanor Roosevelt. In the fourth room there sia timeline on the steps that shows the major events of his life. At the first room, you'll find a visitor center and book store, where you can learn more on FDR.

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    Franklin Roosevelt Memorial

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 26, 2006

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the most important President of the 20th century. No one since Abraham Lincoln transformed American life more than he did. For better or for worse, his legacy is an enduring one. It is only fitting that he have a memorial here in Washington.

    FDR, as his is known, was afflicted with polio. He NEVER allowed himself to be photographed in his wheelchair. The press willingly obliged. But here, he is shown in his wheelchair--proof of what a handicapped individual can achieve.

    Roosevelt's name will always be associated with two events: The Great Depression and World War II. The first is shown here, by a soup kitchen with a long line of unemployed waiting to eat.

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    FDR Memorial

    by kooka3 Written Apr 21, 2006

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    A 7.5-acre site near the Jefferson Memorial, this memorial depicts the 12 pivotal years of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency through a series of four outdoor gallery rooms. The rooms feature ten bronze sculptures depicting President Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and events from the Great Depression and World War II. The park-like setting includes waterfalls and quiet pools amidst a meandering wall of reddish Dakota granite, where Roosevelt's inspiring words are carved. It is the first memorial in Washington purposely designed to be totally wheelchair accessible. Open daily except Christmas. Free. Park ranger in attendance 8 a.m. - midnight.

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    Great Memorial

    by Kindberg37 Written Feb 10, 2006
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    This is, possibly, my favorite memorial. It's outdoors and calm and beautiful. There are great quotes on the walls, water running throughout the entire thing and it's just a wonderful place to visit.

    A couple of the great quotes, include "More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars" and "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

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    Stepping into Roosvelts world

    by ismailb Written Nov 14, 2005

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    Visiting the FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt - the guy from Pearl Habor) Memmorial is not only very informative but a very pleasant place to be in. The whole memmorial is made out of red marble with FDR's quotes lining the pasages. There are 4 individual "rooms" each representing each of his terms in office. The fountains are a great place to chill out on a hot dc summer day. The whole memmorial is made disabled friendly which isint particularly suprising because FDR himself was cripled due to Polio.

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    Waterfalls and recovery

    by mattreider Written Nov 7, 2005

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    The FDR memorial is best seen at night, when the crowds have died down, the sun's glare has passed, and the man who lead America through one of its darker times is remembered.

    The ambient lighting and the sounds of the waterfalls remind us that the gaunt figures of the depression, and the larger-than-life statues of the man, his dog, and his wheelchair are images of people just like us, people who wanted a fair days wage for work that could not be found.

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